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Training

We provide a variety of workshops and other training opportunities throughout the year. Miami's Accessible Technology Symposium, "Access for All," is held annually and features guest speakers and sessions taught by experts in the field.

Access for All: AT Symposium

Save the Date: The next Access for All: Accessible Technology Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Check back here for additional information.

Upcoming Webinars

  • Great Lakes ADA Center: "Planning for pedestrians with disabilities: Sharing successes and gaps from ADA Transition Plans around the U.S."
  • Level Access: "Making Educational Documents Accessible FAST!"

Creating Accessible Content

Creating accessible content is vital for a successful digital experience. It will help you include people with impairments into your audience, make your website more user-friendly for everyone, boost customer satisfaction, improve SEO, and meet web accessibility standards. Let’s learn more about these standards and ways to create accessible content.

Alternative (Alt) Text

A textual alternative (non-visual) way to describe the meaning of an image.

Fonts and Colors

Fonts and colors are important assets in the design of digital content, enhancing its aesthetic appeal, its usability, and its accessibility.

Forms

Forms are commonly used to provide interaction on websites and in web applications.

Headings and Lists

Headings and lists provide structure to your documents by describing topic and subtopic areas in a logical hierarchy.

Links

Link labels should be descriptive of the content they're linking to, such as 'Class Schedule' rather than 'schedule.html' or 'click here'.

Tables

Tables <table> should be used to organize and display data, not for content/page layout.

Media Captioning

Videos in your course or on the web must be captioned. Captions should include relevant sound effects, identify the speaker, and describe other non-speech elements (e.g. people dancing).

Websites and Applications

When developing websites and applications, it is good to check them for accessibility to ensure the material can be read.


Accessibility Tools

There is a wide range of tools available that will help you quickly check elements of your website for accessibility, create documents in a variety of file types, and get additional training.

Canvas

Guidelines to assist you in creating accessible content in Canvas.

CARES (Conversion and Remediation Express Services)

A self-service solution for students, faculty, and staff that automates the conversion of documents into a wide range of alternative formats including MP3, EPUB, HTML, and digital Braille.

Documents

An accessible document is a document created to be as easily readable by a sighted reader as a low vision or non-sighted reader.

Hoonuit

An online technology training and professional development tool for educators. All faculty, staff, and students have access to nearly 50,000 step-by-step tutorials on common software.

Video Conferencing

Miami offers a variety of video conferencing and collaboration tools. Read some guidelines for holding accessible virtual meetings and courses.

Assistive Technology

Would you like to have software that reads text to you? What about a program that allows your computer to type the words that you speak? You can use technology to ensure access for yourself and others.

Ally

Ally is a tool within Canvas that helps enhance the usability and accessibility of course documents. 

Equatio by TextHelp

Create accessible digital math without complex coding or math languages to master. Avoid using images of math equations in digital course materials.

Accessibility Tips

The do's and don’ts of designing for accessibility are general guidelines, best design practices for making services accessible.

Universal Design

Universal Design in Learning is a way of thinking, to provide flexibility in the ways students access material, engage with those materials, and show what they know.